Report to the Mount Pleasant community
Greetings all. As we fast approach the upcoming fall season, I hope everyone had great summer.
While we all have been enjoying from First Fridays to weekly beer gardens and many more summer fun activities around our community, the Mount Pleasant Village Board and the staff have been working to continue to move the village forward, from daily routine business to significant strategic development decisions.
I am pleased to submit my quarterly progress report to you as my employers, as below.
Continuing investing in our community and planning for the future, major areas of focus have been:
- Study and approvals of various development plans in line with the anticipated community needs and challenges of the changing economic conditions, such as development agreement with Aurora Health Care, welcoming new businesses such as MyPlace hotel to name a few.
- Study and approval of McGrath Compensation study to ensure we remain committed to developing and retaining the talented village staff.
- Strategic approvals of Foxconn Valley development such as landscaping plans.
For more details, please visit the Mount Pleasant Village website and Facebook.
Thank you to all who have shared their positive ideas. If you have any ideas to continue to improve our community, please send me an email because I would value your input. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve. Together, the board is providing civilized leadership.
Pleasant Trustee, Seat No. 5
What job is Trump doing?
Regularly, we watch distressing news reports about the harm children suffer when separated from their parents, as the administration is doing along our southern border. The other night, my husband speculated this may one day be considered a crime against humanity.
The president continues to insist the bedraggled adults and children on our TV screen are rapists, murderers and drug traffickers, a “national emergency.” This is his excuse for running roughshod over Congress’s appropriations power to build the wall he believes will protect us and ensure his re-election. The money he is misappropriating was intended to build things like schools and medical facilities on military bases.
On top of this, he’s nullifying efforts that will protect the planet, rolling back energy requirements for light bulbs and freezing gas-mileage requirements. I know no one who hasn’t enjoyed lower electric bills using more efficient lighting or significant saving at the pump by driving cars yielding higher mileage. Still the Republicans in Congress, a co-equal arm of our government, shrug once again.
The people who support the president, many good and caring otherwise, appear to have made a deal with the devil. They excuse behavior they would not tolerate from their own spouses, children or any other elected official for what they conceive as the benefits of having this president in office. They say they like the job he is doing. Truly? What job is that and does it really outweigh the cost of this presidency?
Linda Duczman O’Connell, Racine
Thank you from Caledonia Historical Society
The Caledonia Historical Society would like to thank everyone who participated in our annual Fall Heritage Festival. Whether your favorite part was the historic buildings and their artifacts, the Civil War re-enactors, the antique tractors and old fire engine, the youth activities or the delicious food, it was wonderful that guests of all ages were having a wonderful time enjoying the family fun. We would also like to thank the businesses that supported this year’s Festival.
As our major fundraising event, we sincerely appreciate you joining us and supporting our efforts to preserve the past for future generations. We look forward to sharing the buildings of our village and the history they hold during our final open house of the season on September 22nd and our Festival next year.
The Caledonia Historical Society is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Caledonia. Please visit our website at caledoniahistoricalsociety.org for more information.
Chuck Miles, Caledonia Historical Society president
Understanding the Electoral College
The Seattle Times comments on the needed reform of the Electoral College are legitimate to the degree that the U.S. Constitution of today and that of 1789 are two quite different documents. And the U.S. governments of today likewise have become quite different entities.
The States of 1789 were like countries of today. Each state was a sovereign entity separate and distinct from the other 12, and with the exception of the few provisions in Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution, acted on their own.
In 1789, the relation between the already established states and the new federal government was akin the current countries of the world with the United Nations. We wouldn’t dream of having and popularly elected secretary general of United Nations, chosen every year by the Chinese as they have the greatest population, particularly if the secretary general were to have as much impact over our individual lives as the current president does here in America.
In 1789, the president and the federal government were to act exclusively in foreign affairs, domestic problems being handled by each of the states with their own resources. In Federalist 45, James Madison warned about the degeneration of this country into such a condition as we have today.
Were we to restore sovereignty to the states as existed in 1789 and restrict the federal government to the constitutional bounds instituted on it at that time, we would understand the importance of the Electoral College as it now exists.
Speeding in construction zones
Regarding the article in The Journal Times on Aug. 22, “Fear Factor”: Yes it is scary to drive in the construction zone. The speed limit is 60 mph. I drive 60 and semis and other vehicles are passing like I am standing still. If everyone would follow the speed limit, put down the cell phones and stop tailgating, the construction zone would be a safer place to drive.
I was happy to see on the news the other night that they are cracking down on speeders in construction areas, pay attention fines double in construction zones. Slow down. Make the construction areas a safer place to drive.
Medicaid expansion is a no-brainer
I find it unfortunate that the topic of Medicaid expansion is raising its ugly head again. It is common knowledge that the U.S. as a whole is spending twice the money on health care (with worse outcomes) than other developed countries. In looking at research on this issue the following holds true:
- 70% of Wisconsinites are in favor of the expansion.
- In states that have implemented the expansion, infant mortality has decreased while in Wisconsin it has increased.
- Medicaid expansion lowers premiums in the private insurance market.
- Expanding eligibility to an additional 82,000 residents with income between 100% and 138% percent of the federal poverty level saves all of us money.
- Allow Wisconsin to access an additional $1 billion in federal funding (our federal tax dollars returning to us) and saves over $324 million in state taxpayer dollars.
- Would increase payments to hospitals and clinics, preserving access to needed care, especially in rural areas.
- Significant death reduction and improved overall health.
Expanding Medicaid is a no-brainer. It’s both morally correct and fiscally responsible. So what are we missing? The answer is a Republican majority that apparently doesn’t “get it.” Please be proactive and contact your legislators and tell them to follow the wishes of the voters and pass Medicaid expansion now!
Linda Eastburg, Burlington